Natrum muriaticum-Sodium chloride

Natrum muriaticum-Sodium chloride

COMMON COMPLAINTS

catarrh

cold sores on the mouth

headaches in school children, especially girls

problems after grief

CHARACTERISTIC SYMPTOMS

1 Desire for salty food, thirst.

2 Worse for the heat of the sun.

3 Better or worse for the seaside.

4 Discharge that resembles egg-whites

5 Child seems emotionally ‘closed

MODALITIES

Worse for being consoled, intellectual work, heat of the sun, 10 a.m., being atthe seaside

Better for fresh open air, sweating, being at the seaside

The child can be better or worse by the sea

TYPICAL BEHAVIOUR

Children needing Natrum muriaticum are generally introverted and quiet. They often like to be alone and are very sensitive to others’ feelings. If upset they will often disappear into their bedroom and cry alone rather than show their feelings in public. Sometimes mothers of such children describe their children as seemingly cool and distant on the outside but craving lots of love and affection underneath. They are not exactly anxious children, but shocksor family problems such as divorce, death or loss may leave them in a state of hysteria to be followed by greater introversion:

As they get older and go to school, you may notice that these children do not make friends easily but concentrate hard on their studies and are very seri ous. In groups or at parties they will often stand to one side, watching the other children play or interact

They tend to like sad, melancholy music.

They also like to be quite alone while they read, often taking themselvesoff to their room or to a quiet corner where they will not be disturbed at all

Natrum muriaticum is useful for both acute and chronic disorders.

Face

Mouth ulcers on gums, tongue or inside mouth.

Cracks on lips or around the corners of the mouth.

Cold sores on the lips or face.

Cold sores after exposure to the sun.

Head

Headaches after grief/upset, studying too much.

Worse for exposure to the sun.

Worse for noise, light, reading.

Throbbing headaches like many little hammers knocking on the brain.

Nose

Hay fever, catarrh with a raw egg-white-like discharge.

Sneezing that precedes a cold.

Cold or hay fever that is accompanied by a loss of smell or taste.

Sleep

Insomnia after grief.